The French video game excelled at the Game Awards 2022, the major international ceremony organized on Thursday evening in Los Angeles. “Stray,” whose protagonist is an alley cat, won the award for best independent title.
Created by Montpellier-based studio BlueTwelve, “Stray” depicts a guy in an underground city populated by humanoids and strange creatures. Using a drone, tomcat must solve a series of puzzles to get back to the surface. The game is available on the PlayStation console and on the Steam shopping platform.
“It’s an incredible honor”
In the large room of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the producers first received from the hands of the actress Jessica Henwick the award for “Best First Independent Game”. “Thank you very much, it’s an incredible honour”, responded Swann Martin-Raget, producer at BlueTwelve, thanking the gathering “on behalf of the whole team in Montpellier”. He greeted their relatives, friends, but also “the cats, of course, very important”, amid the laughter. “Stray” was later named “Best Independent Game”.
The cat in “Stray” purrs, curls up to take a nap, and takes malicious pleasure in damaging the furniture. In terms of the visual aspect, BlueTwelve was inspired by Murtaugh, a stray cat adopted by the studio’s co-founders. And Oscar, one of the team members’ sphynx, served as the model for the animations. The game also appeals to “real” felines: on Twitter, the account “Cats Watching Stray”, which shows the craziest reactions of cats observing the adventures of the mustachioed hero, has about 36,000 subscribers.
‘Elden Ring’ named the best game of the year
The other big winner of the evening is the RPG “Elden Ring” (PlayStation, Xbox, PC). This game was named title of the year and received awards for best direction, best art direction and best RPG. The next chapter in the saga “The Legend of Zelda” (Nintendo Switch) has won the most anticipated game award.